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One of the things I love most about homeschooling is becoming reacquainted with subjects I learned in school as a kid.
There is so much I’ve forgotten over the many years that have gone by since I was in school!
One of the more exciting things I’ve relearned recently is the nervous system, how we see, hear, and taste. How our brain functions, and how each part of the brain contributes to how we respond to life around us.
I know I got more out of it than my kids did (naturally, since they’re still too young to fully comprehend the marvelous nervous system!).
But one of the ways my kids to absorb information better is through brick building.
My kids have loads and loads of Lego bricks.
Not only have Lego sets become the go-to gift from just about anyone – contributing to their over-abundance of bricks – but they inherited a huge box of them from their older cousins.
They have proved to be an invaluable learning tool in our homeschool – as they truly love going to their room and building with bricks what we’ve been learning in school.
When I began homeschooling, one of the things I wanted to do was do fewer worksheets and encourage my kids to use their creativity to learn.
I feel that they learn far more through playing games and creativity than he does by filling in worksheets.
Sure – worksheets are great because they give us lasting, tangible evidence of their comprehension of the material.
But they are not always – even often – the best method for learning.
One of the best ways my son learns is through creating things and one of his most favorite toys is Legos.
A couple of years ago, my friend Misty from Year Round Homeschooling sent me a packet of her Lego Winter Task Cards.
My kids loved them!
They asked to do them over and over and over.
And it got me to thinking: I could do these for learning challenges! We could use them for science, history, holidays….
.So, I began to do that.
When we’d read the Bible, I’d ask them to build the story. My son created this Lego Stop Motion movie with one of his creations.
When we’d learn about bones, I’d have them create the bones we’d learned about.
It was amazing how well my kids connected with the material and comprehended what we were learning.
That is why I decided to begin offering these Brick Master Challenge cards on my blog. ( You can check out more of my Brick Master Challenge sets here)
This set is the Nervous and Circulatory Systems.
It covers the brain and our five senses. I hope your kids have as much fun with these as my kids have!
What I like to do is mix up the sets and have them pick three or four cards and come back with an entire masterpiece of biology builds.